Aapravasi Ghat: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Aapravasi Ghat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the bay of Trou Fanfaron in the capital city of Port-Louis. 

Built in 1849 during British colonial rule, it served as the landing point and immigration depot for indentured labourers brought from India, East Africa, Madagascar, China and Southeast Asia. Here, they underwent a registration process, medical examinations, and were assigned to sugar estates. 

The term "Aapravasi Ghat" is a Hindi translation of "Immigration Depot."

Aapravasi Ghat has a profound historical and cultural significance for the island’s current population. Between 1849 and 1910, nearly half a million immigrants climbed the steps of the Aapravasi Ghat. They are the ancestors of over 70% of Mauritians today.

Aapravasi Ghat Steps
Almost half a million immigrants climbed the steps of the Aapravasi Ghat between 1849 and 1910. Image source: Aapravasi Ghat Official Website

Today, the Aapravasi Ghat is a historical museum and cultural center that educates visitors about the history of indentured labour and the cultural diversity of Mauritius.

Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site
Quay Street,
Port Louis

Aapravasi Ghat is a short walk from Caudan Waterfront to the north.

Entrance fees
There are no entrance fees

The World Heritage Site is accessible by wheelchair and includes accessible toilets and facilities.

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday: 09:00 – 12:00
Sundays and Public Holidays: Closed
24th December & 31st December: 09:00 - 12:00

There is no Parking facility at Aapravasi Ghat. You can park your vehicle a short walking distance away at the Granary or Le Caudan Waterfront.

Visit the Aapravasi Ghat Official Website for more information.

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